FORMER National V8 Dirt Modified Champion Scott Cannon was one of the first drivers to enter for the season opening V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday, November 3.
The race is one of the prestigious events on the annual calendar but takes on even more significance as the track celebrates its Golden Anniversary season.
Over the years the Lord Mayor has regularly attended the event to also officially open the season. With the celebration of a half century of not stop racing at the circuit a multitude of special guests, including former competitors, will be on hand for the occasion.
Cannon has been one of the prominent runners in the Lord Mayor's Cup since it was first introduced by promoter David Lander in his first season of control at the venue back in 2007.
“It's a very important race and it's always good to get the season off to a good start with a win in the Lord Mayor's Cup,” Cannon said.
However he will face some tough opposition after officials reported a strong entry list for the event, headed by defending titleholder Andrew Pezzutti.
“Officials have received a good list of nominations with a number of competitors from Queensland planning to contest the race. It will be a very impressive field that takes the green flag in the decider,” Lander said yesterday.
Mark Robinson, Brent Hall, Ray Eggins, Phil McNamara, Jai Stephenson, Dale Corbett, Brayd Stephenson, Mitchell Randall and Andrew Firth are other stars who have entered amongst an impressive line-up.
It sets the scene for one of the best races in the relatively short history of the Lord Mayor's Cup.
V8 Dirt Modified drivers will contest heat events in the build up to final of the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup.
Support race car categories are also programmed in addition to the V8 Dirt Modifieds. Production Sedans, Street Stocks, Junior Sedans, AMCAs and Wingless Sprintcars will compete as part of the big variety programme.
This weekend's opening night will be a very special occasion as Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway celebrates November 22, 1969 when promoters of the day Dutton Stibbard and Neil Mansell opened the gates in the first season leading to 50 continuous years.
Some of the competitors who raced in that very first meeting half a century ago will be on hand to participate in the on-track celebrations.
Gates open at 4PM and racing commences at 5:30. The opening ceremony for the 2018 Golden Anniversary season will commence at 6.
Caption: Former Australian Champion Scott Cannon will contest the Golden Anniversary season opening V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night. Photo: Tony Powell